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Source: FSU leads in pursuit of No. 1 recruit Thibodeaux

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Florida State and Willie Taggart are on fire on the recruiting trail. The Seminoles landed five commitments last week, including four on Saturday at the spring game. Four of those pledges will join Tribe19 while the other becomes the second commitment in the 2020 class.

Tons of other uncommitted prospects also made their way to Tallahassee and seemed to come away very impressed. One of those players is No. 1 overall recruit and five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux. Sources close to the team tell NoleGameday that Florida State currently leads in the recruitment of the talented player. He’ll visit FSU officially during the fall.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect came to FSU on an unofficial visit this past weekend that forced him to miss Coachella.

Thibodeaux and his mother made the long trip from California to Tallahassee for the visit. The five-star defensive end got a chance to meet past Seminole legends, check out the facilities that pushed Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M and become more comfortable with the area as well as the coaching staff.

The Thousand Oaks native seemed to love the atmosphere on campus and at the spring game. He got a chance to see how new defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett would use him in the freshly implemented scheme. Barnett and the defensive staff took the time to use clips of Thibodeaux playing defense and showing him how he would fit if he was at FSU.

After the visit, Thibodeaux clearly came away very impressed by the time he spent on campus and presentation that the coaches had put together for him. He called the trip the most fun he’s been on and said it’s one of the best visits he’s had. Taggart, his staff, and this revitalized program clearly have caught his eye.

Thibodeaux is rated as the No. 1 player and No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2019 by the 247 Sports composite rankings. His addition to the Seminoles class would put them in contention for the top class in the country. Thibodeaux finished his junior season with 90 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, and 20 sacks.


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